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Cathay Pacific eyes 12% lower carbon intensity by 2030

The airline will utilise sustainable fuels from 2024 onwards.

Cathay Pacific has set a new target of improving its carbon intensity by 12% from the 2019 level by 2030 as a step towards the goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The near-term target focuses on reducing carbon emissions from the airline’s jet fuel use per revenue tonne kilometre (RTK) from 761 gCO2/RTK to 670 gCO2/RTK.

More than 70 new passenger and freighter aircrafts that are 25% more fuel efficient than previous generations will be joining the airline’s fleet over the coming years as part of its initiative. 

In addition, Cathay has also set the goal of 10% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) usage by 2030.

“This new carbon intensity target will provide necessary drive for actions in the immediate future towards achieving our long-term goals.” Chief Executive Officer, Ronald Lam, said.

The airline will be using SAF to offset 10% of the carbon emissions from employee duty travel on flights from 2024 onwards.

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